Group hug!! :hug:
No, this was a response to that other guy who made a jab at my own priorities. Wasn't talking about anyone else.
I like your bike and like even more that you are getting great function out of something many wouldn't have looked at. Like the baskets too!
Sheesh, folks--it's a bike and she commutes on it. Let's get over it and enjoy the fact that another former-soon-to-be-landfill-mass-lump is now bringing joy to someone else, with very low carbon emissions... :thumb:
I like it--especially after I read what your intentions for it are.
Oh, and for the record, joeyBike's videos most often feature a Cinelli SuperCorse (a superb, if "sleeper," thoroughbred)--he'd have a harder time hunting geeks on that Surly he occasionally drags out... :p
He's still fun to watch
looks like it will do the job well....
Yip, your bike has a very utilitarian elegance about it. Don't get butt-hurt by the Bourgeoisie bike snobs. They sometimes have a difficult time comparing the math of inexpensive bikes. Specifically, they get a little edgy when comparing the satisfaction equation of expensive bikes vs. inexpensive or in your case, free bikes.
Satisfaction/t(time) = ((Amount of Use + desirability factor)/expectations)/price paid
Removing expectations, the simplified equation is Satisfaction over time is a function of the amount of use + desirability factor divided by the price paid. This equation can be used to compare ANY material purchase with another similar material purchase.
Comparing satisfaction over time between two identical bikes, used identically, the less expensive of the two will mathematically have a higher satisfaction factor.
Where the Bourgeoisie lose their minds is when a free bike is entered into the equation and compared to a mithral racer with an ethereal price. You can see from this equation that with respect to ANY free bike, Satisfaction over time for a bike with a price of zero, is so great that it cannot be defined. :)
Summation: All other things being equal, cheap bikes are funner, free bikes are funner still.
Cool beans, keep up the good work.
how many miles! can you beat my BSO?
Glad you've got something you enjoy... that bike looks snazzy to me.
I've gotten great use out of my free 40-year-old clunker bike. It's ugly as sin, but does the job and has yet to break down :)
Free is free is free! You are already ahead of the game. You can ride that bike into the ground and when it dies, you aren't out anything.
There is nothing wrong with friction shifting - yes, it may be less precise, but it works. If it didn't work well, there wouldn't have been such a bike boom in the 70s. They don't take any real particular skill or luck - and riding with friction becomes simple enough.
When it comes to BSO (Bike shaped objects), see AcidFasts' thread about his Mango, still going strong.
This thread is quite old. I wonder if the bike on the original post its till rolling. And if it is I would like to know about any upgrades done to it.
A free bike that does the job (safely) is awesome!
Who cares what brand it is. Keep riding.